The Wisden Trophy - 2nd Test

England v West Indies

England won by an innings and 83 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150

The crowd is described by Gnasher, our man at the Test, as "paltry". Gayle's leading his men down the steps at a funereal pace, though no major change there. Jerusalem echoes around the ground and here come England. More importantly, here comes Miller. Hello. It's going to be Jerome Taylor for the first over, with three slips, a gully and a short leg

"Will not really be following the game today because we are launching the biggest telescope ever sent into space in about 3 1/2 hours!" says Mark Kidger, giving an indication into the bonkersly-broad range of jobs Cricinfo readers have.

The pitch looks a good'un to say the least. It's chilly but dry and the pitch looks similarly dry and straw-coloured and, so Botham reckons, will carry through nicely to the keeper. England, it's fair to say, have done the right thing in batting first.

10.30am Morning all. Will here. Toss due any minute. Gayle calls tails and it's a head, England are having a bat. Both teams are unchanged, which is interesting. We expected that from England, but West Indies could easily have tinkered a little.

9.15am Good morning and welcome to Cricinfo's live ball-by-ball commentary from the second Test between England and West Indies at Chester-le-Street. I'm Andrew Miller, and with Will Luke due to enter the building shortly, we'll be taking you through the day's action - and doing our bit to re-establish the primacy of Test cricket after the battering the poor old format has taken over the past 24 hours. Chris Gayle's comments on the future of the game have caused a predictable furore, but - as is traditional to say at such junctures - it's time for the talking to stop and the action to begin.

Our man in the north, Gnasher McGlashan, has arrived at the Riverside Ground, where everything, so far, is pretty peaceful. "No one has thrown any further handbags as far as I can tell!" he declares. "It's dry and fairly bright at the moment and the forecast is okay for today, but rather more shocking for tomorrow." But, as that great Gaulish chieftain Vitalstatistix famously declared, "tomorrow never comes", so that's alright. The sky won't be falling on our heads just yet.

Toss and teams to follow at about 10.30, but in the meantime, why not ponder for yourself the can of worms that Gayle has cranked open. Not surprisingly, his legendary West Indian predecessors, Garry Sobers and Viv Richards, are less than enamoured with his comments, but take a look at this fascinating angle from Dinanath Ramnarine, the West Indian players' representative. It takes two to tango in controversies such as this.

0.1

Taylor to Strauss, no run, short, outside off, and not a great deal of pace off the wicket for that one. Ramdin takes on the bounce

0.2

Taylor to Strauss, no run, fuller length and outside off, left safely alone

0.3

Taylor to Strauss, 1 wide, whoops, that's a fraction misdirected. Way outside off

0.3

Taylor to Strauss, no run, outside off once again, and through to the keeper. A decent pace, and mostly a good line

0.4

Taylor to Strauss, no run, better ball, just that touch closer to off stump, and fizzing through to the keeper as Strauss draws his bat inside the line

0.5

Taylor to Strauss, no run, shoulders arms to let another one through to the keeper

0.6

Taylor to Strauss, no run, the end of a tidy first over

Now then, here's the bowler of the first Test (with apologies to Swann and Onions), it's Fidel Edwards to take up the attack. Also armed with three slips, a gully and a short leg

End of over 1 (1 run) England 1/0
AJ Strauss    0* (6b)      JE Taylor    1-0-1-0
AN Cook    0* (0b)     

1.1

Edwards to Cook, no run, outside off, a bit too wide to tempt a stroke, but good pace

1.2

Edwards to Cook, no run, that one really zips off the seam, but well wide of off stump

1.3

Edwards to Cook, no run, a scuttler. Six inches outside off, and that almost reaches Ramdin on the second bounce

1.4

Edwards to Cook, no run, outside off again, and still keeping low. Edwards ended up about half-a-yard fuller at Lord's after ascertaining the bounce

1.5

Edwards to Cook, 1 no ball, outside off again, still a bit too short to make 'em play

1.5

Edwards to Cook, no run, fuller and faster, and forces a rushed defence. That's better

1.6

Edwards to Cook, no run, through to the keeper again, and it's a quiet start so far

End of over 2 (1 run) England 2/0
AN Cook    0* (7b)      FH Edwards    1-0-1-0
AJ Strauss    0* (6b)      JE Taylor    1-0-1-0

2.1

Taylor to Strauss, 1 no ball, outside off, through to the keeper again. And Taylor oversteps.

"Guys, maybe you could help me on this," says JP. "I heard on a TV show that this Test match has lowest sales on tickets ever. Is that true?" You've obviously never been to Pakistan, JP. But in terms of an England Test, it is unusually average, I must admit

2.1

Taylor to Strauss, no run, at last, Strauss is made to play, as he props forward to defend on off stump

2.2

Taylor to Strauss, no run, outside off, no stroke once again, better carry on that ball

2.3

Taylor to Strauss, no run, that's the spot - right up to the bat, almost a half-volley length, but zips off the seam and Strauss's wafty drive finds thin air

2.4

Taylor to Strauss, no run, shorter length again, and left alone again

2.5

Taylor to Strauss, no run, full length outside off, Strauss plays at this one, but not with much conviction as the ball fizzes by

2.6

Taylor to Strauss, no run, better. Attacking the edge of the off stump, and squeaks through to Ramdin

"Seeing as I have neither large nor small telescopes to send into space today, I will be following the game," says Doc. "I guess its a case of setting priorities..."

End of over 3 (1 run) England 3/0
AJ Strauss    0* (13b)      JE Taylor    2-0-2-0
AN Cook    0* (7b)      FH Edwards    1-0-1-0

3.1

Edwards to Cook, 1 run, the first run off the bat, as Cook punches a single into the covers

That last ball to Strauss, incidentally, beat the bat by less than a molecule of a whisker

3.2

Edwards to Strauss, no run, outside off, Strauss leaves alone again

3.3

Edwards to Strauss, no run, forward, and driven

3.4

Edwards to Strauss, no run, outside off, and cut hard to point

3.5

Edwards to Strauss, no run, outside off once again, and hopping through to the keeper

3.6

Edwards to Strauss, 1 run, fuller, pitching middle and heading for off, and deflected off the inside-edge to square leg. Strauss's first run

"Pedant here," writes a pedant. "Re ticket sales: how can something be "unusually average." Ticket sales are usually excellent, but I grudgingly take your point

End of over 4 (2 runs) England 5/0
AJ Strauss    1* (18b)      FH Edwards    2-0-3-0
AN Cook    1* (8b)      JE Taylor    2-0-2-0

4.1

Taylor to Strauss, no run, full and outside off, nudged into the gully

4.2

Taylor to Strauss, no run

4.3

Taylor to Strauss, no run, tighter to off stump, and through to the keeper

4.4

Taylor to Strauss, 2 runs, not quite timed, as Strauss drives into the covers, but that's twice as many as he's made so far

4.5

Taylor to Strauss, 1 run, fuller length again, a squirted drive is fielded by Nash in the covers, who thinks about a shy but thinks better of it

4.6

Taylor to Cook, no run, looping slower ball, dipping into the blockhole, and dug out

End of over 5 (3 runs) England 8/0
AN Cook    1* (9b)      JE Taylor    3-0-5-0
AJ Strauss    4* (23b)      FH Edwards    2-0-3-0

5.1

Edwards to Strauss, FOUR, sweet drive, leaning back and opening the face. That was in the air for a while, but always safe

5.2

Edwards to Strauss, no run, shorter but straighter, defended with a hop on the back foot

5.3

Edwards to Strauss, no run, straight again, defended again

5.4

Edwards to Strauss, no run, pushed back into the crease. Edwards settling for a wicket-to-wicket line right now

5.5

Edwards to Strauss, no run, targetting the top of off this time, coming off the deck really slowly, and driven back down the track

5.6

Edwards to Strauss, no run, a touch of width, and no threat of a stroke

End of over 6 (4 runs) England 12/0
AJ Strauss    8* (29b 1x4)      FH Edwards    3-0-7-0
AN Cook    1* (9b)      JE Taylor    3-0-5-0

6.1

Taylor to Cook, no run, outside off, and through to the keeper again. No swing, no seam, no rush

"Of course something can be 'unusually average'," scoffs Matthew Bailey, with the sort of logic required to send telescopes into space. "If previous values in a series have been 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, and the next one is 5, it is both the average (mean) and unusual." Mean and unusual. Reminds me of Colin Croft.

6.2

Taylor to Cook, no run, shoulders arms, and through to the keeper

6.3

Taylor to Cook, no run, slow, but steady. Plugging away on a good length

6.4

Taylor to Cook, no run

6.5

Taylor to Cook, no run, defended on the line of off stump

6.6

Taylor to Cook, FOUR, fuller and a bit of width, defended with an open face, and steered along the ground through the gully. Comfortably played and well timed

End of over 7 (4 runs) England 16/0
AN Cook    5* (15b 1x4)      JE Taylor    4-0-9-0
AJ Strauss    8* (29b 1x4)      FH Edwards    3-0-7-0

7.1

Edwards to Strauss, no run

7.2

Edwards to Strauss, no run, fuller and straighter. And deflected to gully

7.3

Edwards to Strauss, no run, clipped off the toes, and straight to square leg

7.4

Edwards to Strauss, no run, full and driven, straight down the ground to mid-off

"Test cricket needs Gayle." Those are the thoughts of Andy Zaltzman in his latest blog. Read it immediately.

7.5

Edwards to Strauss, no run, outside off once again, zipping through to the keeper as Strauss draws his bat inside the line

7.6

Edwards to Strauss, 2 runs, on the pads, worked behind square, cut off on the fine leg boundary

End of over 8 (2 runs) England 18/0
AJ Strauss    10* (35b 1x4)      FH Edwards    4-0-9-0
AN Cook    5* (15b 1x4)      JE Taylor    4-0-9-0

8.1

Taylor to Cook, no run, outside off and through to the keeper

8.2

Taylor to Cook, no run, no stroke offered as the ball starts wide and tries to bend back into the batsman

8.3

Taylor to Cook, no run, outside off once again

8.4

Taylor to Cook, no run, still no stroke, a real game of cat and mouse at the moment. Except the cat is asleep outside the mousehole, and the mouse can't really be bothered

8.5

Taylor to Cook, no run, tighter to off stump this time

8.6

Taylor to Cook, no run, outside off stump, and left alone once again

This is not the spicy Riverside pitch of old. Even Richard Johnson might struggle to make an impact at the moment

End of over 9 (maiden) England 18/0
AN Cook    5* (21b 1x4)      JE Taylor    5-1-9-0
AJ Strauss    10* (35b 1x4)      FH Edwards    4-0-9-0

9.1

Edwards to Strauss, no run, a bouncer. How unexpected. Safely negotiated

9.2

Edwards to Strauss, FOUR, that wasn't unexpected. Another short ball, it got up nicely, but Strauss was waiting and clubbed it in front of square. Firm shot

9.3

Edwards to Strauss, no run, back to a fuller length, and left alone outside off

9.4

Edwards to Strauss, no run, outside off and left alone

9.5

Edwards to Strauss, no run, nothing in the pitch whatsoever. Two bounces through to the keeper. A disappointing sight

9.6

Edwards to Strauss, no run, better carry, and zipping back into the batsman.

End of over 10 (4 runs) England 22/0
AJ Strauss    14* (41b 2x4)      FH Edwards    5-0-13-0
AN Cook    5* (21b 1x4)      JE Taylor    5-1-9-0

10.1

Taylor to Cook, 2 runs, punched off the back foot, and along the ground through the covers

10.2

Taylor to Cook, no run, full length, deflected into the gully

10.3

Taylor to Cook, no run

10.4

Taylor to Cook, no run, a bit more nip off the pitch, and defended on the back foot

10.5

Taylor to Cook, no run, outside off and left alone again

10.6

Taylor to Cook, no run, was that a modicum of swing? Quite possibly. Either way there's no stroke offered

End of over 11 (2 runs) England 24/0
AN Cook    7* (27b 1x4)      JE Taylor    6-1-11-0
AJ Strauss    14* (41b 2x4)      FH Edwards    5-0-13-0

A change of bowling, here's Lionel Baker

11.1

Baker to Strauss, no run, outside off again, no change to the tactics so far

11.2

Baker to Strauss, no run, well wide of off stump

11.3

Baker to Strauss, 1 wide, even wider. Wide enough to be called a wide, in fact

"Though I am not in the habit of having Ashes pie and am doubtful how tasty one might be. I am not sure how competitive England will be against an Australian side that hasn't got a Steyn or a Morkel bowling at break neck speed. FLintoff might make the differenc. Though i dare say Haddin as Australias number 6 has the measure of Prior. Unlucky England," says David Winter. I have no idea what he's on about

11.3

Baker to Strauss, 2 runs, tidy fielding on the boundary's edge by Edwards, a one-handed pick-up to cut off the four

11.4

Baker to Strauss, no run, through to the keeper once again

11.5

Baker to Strauss, no run, full length, and defended back down the track

11.6

Baker to Strauss, no run, a bit of a waft, but no harm done

End of over 12 (3 runs) England 27/0
AJ Strauss    16* (47b 2x4)      LS Baker    1-0-3-0
AN Cook    7* (27b 1x4)      JE Taylor    6-1-11-0

12.1

Taylor to Cook, no run, outside off, no stroke offered yet again. This is peaceful stuff

12.2

Taylor to Cook, FOUR, forward, and firmly driven, excellently timed. All the way to the long-on boundary

"Pedant again," says Pedant. "Being a pedant I appreciate the pedantic correction to earlier pedantry! However, the fact remains that that ticket sales for this match are not average; they are poor. Saying they are average is misleading. Let's say what we mean then maybe someone might consider pricing tickets more realistically." They may be poor for England, but in global Test cricket terms, they are most certainly average. Besides, average is another word for poor in my book.

12.3

Taylor to Cook, no run, in the channel yet again

12.4

Taylor to Cook, no run, another scuttler. Two bounces to the keeper, did that hit a crack?

12.5

Taylor to Cook, no run, zip off the seam this time. Not a lot of zip, but enough to beat the bat as Cook gropes forward

12.6

Taylor to Cook, no run, shorter, better carry, through to the keeper

And that is drinks. A steady start from England, but a very docile pitch on early evidence. A bit of cloud cover wouldn't go amiss, but right now the sun is gleaming and West Indies haven't looked like getting much reward for their toil. After a cuppa, it will be Will Luke

End of over 13 (4 runs) England 31/0
AN Cook    11* (33b 2x4)      JE Taylor    7-1-15-0
AJ Strauss    16* (47b 2x4)      LS Baker    1-0-3-0

A riotously warm welcome to you all. Thirty-one runs in 60 minutes this morning, but England have nevertheless kept all their wickets intact. Which is nice.

13.1

Baker to Strauss, 1 run, driven and a thick outside edge flies short of third slip. Falls comfortably short, but some encouragement there for Baker

13.2

Baker to Cook, no run, good line on the off stump. Cook's well back in his crease and defending with a squirt to the off side

13.3

Baker to Cook, no run, horribly wide and full. Cook ignores it

13.4

Baker to Cook, FOUR, nicely timed through extra cover by Cook. If I can be hyper-critical, his feet were slow to moving forward and he still reached for it a bit ungainly but, minor quibbles aside, that was neatly played

13.5

Baker to Cook, no run, short of a length this time and rightly left alone

13.6

Baker to Cook, 4 byes, what's happened there? Short of a length and it cuts away from Cook, and skuttles along the turf to beat poor old Ramdin. Nasty, awkward bounce

End of over 14 (9 runs) England 40/0
AN Cook    15* (38b 3x4)      LS Baker    2-0-8-0
AJ Strauss    17* (48b 2x4)      JE Taylor    7-1-15-0

14.1

Taylor to Strauss, no run, better pace off the pitch here, carrying through nicely to Ramdin. Strauss leaves

14.2

Taylor to Strauss, no run, good line outside off, Strauss again is content to leave it well alone

14.3

Taylor to Strauss, no run, Strauss is onto the front foot, shouldering arms

"Whenever I see a sign saying 'Average Speed Cameras in operation', it always begs the question 'Well why didn't they put in some good ones then?'," writes Filthy Mozart. "To me, 'average' means poor. This is all semantics though."

14.4

Taylor to Strauss, no run, left alone once more

14.5

Taylor to Strauss, no run, tighter line but still left alone by Strauss

14.6

Taylor to Strauss, FOUR, classy cricket by Strauss. Taylor eventually strays onto his pads and Strauss immediately works it past mid-on for four. Classical Strauss there...waiting and waiting for the bad ball and punishing it

End of over 15 (4 runs) England 44/0
AJ Strauss    21* (54b 3x4)      JE Taylor    8-1-19-0
AN Cook    15* (38b 3x4)      LS Baker    2-0-8-0

15.1

Baker to Cook, no run, defended on the back foot

15.2

Baker to Cook, no run, pulled on the front foot to short midwicket. Fairly hammered, too, and he's understandably peeved at his placement

15.3

Baker to Cook, no run, authoritatively driven, standing tall and smacking it to cover

15.4

Baker to Cook, no run, good leave just outside off

15.5

Baker to Cook, 1 run, pulled just wide of midwicket this time, and a fumble allows a single

15.6

Baker to Strauss, no run, squared up here but Strauss plays with soft hands, the ball falling short of gully who prevents the single

End of over 16 (1 run) England 45/0
AJ Strauss    21* (55b 3x4)      LS Baker    3-0-9-0
AN Cook    16* (43b 3x4)      JE Taylor    8-1-19-0

Taylor around the wicket now

"With 'average' being another word for poor, are you putting yourself on the same linguistic level as the government education minister who declared that 'satisfactory isn't good enough'?" asks Tom. Oh dear. Can...worms everywhere.

16.1

Taylor to Cook, no run, too wide of the off stump. Cook watches it sail by

16.2

Taylor to Cook, no run, turned to square leg

16.3

Taylor to Cook, no run, well wide of the off stump, Cook comes forward onto the front foot before shouldering arms

"I got an email entitled 'outstanding work'," chirps Alan. "I immediately thought it was in praise of something I had done. It was a list of a lot of work I had yet to do." Gutting.

16.4

Taylor to Cook, no run, better ball this time, really attacking the off stump and forcing Cook to get right behind it

16.5

Taylor to Cook, no run, good, attacking line on the off stump and Cook is right behind it, defending on the back foot

16.6

Taylor to Cook, 3 runs, "four. Don't bother running for that," shouts Botham as Cook only gets three to a nicely timed flay outside off

End of over 17 (3 runs) England 48/0
AN Cook    19* (49b 3x4)      JE Taylor    9-1-22-0
AJ Strauss    21* (55b 3x4)      LS Baker    3-0-9-0

17.1

Baker to Cook, 1 leg bye, nudged off his hip. Nudged irritably, as though he was kicking away a beetle on the ground

17.2

Baker to Strauss, 1 run, flicked to fine leg

And there's the fifty stand for England from 106 balls. A patient morning's work by this pair.

17.3

Baker to Cook, no run, left alone outside off

17.4

Baker to Cook, no run, good line just outside off. Cook's behind it

"Is that one of the most anonymous fifty opening stands ever, or is it that I just haven't watched much of it?" asks Gnasher McGlashan. I'll presume that's a rhetorical question

17.5

Baker to Cook, no run, driven, or clubbed, to extra cover ... the bat twisting in his hands, mistiming it

17.6

Baker to Cook, 1 wide, wide, wide, wide of the off stump and ignored

17.6

Baker to Cook, no run, driven to mid-on

End of over 18 (3 runs) England 51/0
AN Cook    19* (54b 3x4)      LS Baker    4-0-11-0
AJ Strauss    22* (56b 3x4)      JE Taylor    9-1-22-0

Here comes Gayle, 1hr 28 mins into a Test match

18.1

Gayle to Strauss, no run, darted in outside the off stump

18.2

Gayle to Strauss, no run, darted in on the off stump, and Strauss defends

18.3

Gayle to Strauss, no run, floated, rather than darted, and it's patted to leg

18.4

Gayle to Strauss, no run, darted on middle-and-off, and it's blocked firmly

18.5

Gayle to Strauss, no run, darted in just outside off, Strauss smothers

18.6

Gayle to Strauss, no run, a teaser outside off, left alone

End of over 19 (maiden) England 51/0
AJ Strauss    22* (62b 3x4)      CH Gayle    1-1-0-0
AN Cook    19* (54b 3x4)      LS Baker    4-0-11-0

"Did you know," ponders Adam, "that the average man in England thinks he has above average intelligence?" I didn't. Averagely interesting statistic. Right. Here comes Baker

19.1

Baker to Cook, no run, just outside off at 85.6mph and it's blocked

19.2

Baker to Cook, FOUR, four! Excitement abounds. A free-flowing drive - no feet movement, but no need if he times it like he did there. Be-yowtiful

19.3

Baker to Cook, no run, left alone outside off

"Interesting how Gayle has bowled before Benn," ponders Gnasher. "Maybe he wants to show how much he cares. A mini-battle between the captains."

19.4

Baker to Cook, FOUR, ooh inside edge just past the stumps! A classically nervous poke from Cook and, well, somehow the ball scooted over the bails. I honestly don't know how that missed

19.5

Baker to Cook, 2 runs, that's nicely tucked off his hip by Cook

19.6

Baker to Cook, FOUR, hello. That is hammered on the front foot through extra cover. That is arguably Cook's most authoritative shot for some time. That's the Cook of old

End of over 20 (14 runs) England 65/0
AN Cook    33* (60b 6x4)      LS Baker    5-0-25-0
AJ Strauss    22* (62b 3x4)      CH Gayle    1-1-0-0

20.1

Gayle to Strauss, no run, a floater outside off

Floaters. Never used that word before

20.2

Gayle to Strauss, no run, a dart on middle. Blocked

20.3

Gayle to Strauss, FOUR, well, that's poor bowling. Short, wide - right in Strauss's slot - and he rocks back and cuts him monstrously for four

20.4

Gayle to Strauss, OUT, got him! A wicket out of nowhere from Gayle. Down the leg side and Strauss went for a sweep, rightly so, but couldn't connect and instead gloved it to Ramdin

AJ Strauss c †Ramdin b Gayle 26 (95m 66b 4x4 0x6) SR: 39.39

Gayle 1-0 Strauss. "Tell him, don't sleep with Chris on his mind. Tell him, get Chris off his mind." so said Gayle yesterday about Strauss, in relation to the pair's jibes over the past 48 hours.

Over the wicket

20.5

Gayle to Bopara, no run, forward onto the front foot and he blocks

20.6

Gayle to Bopara, no run, right behind it

End of over 21 (4 runs) England 69/1
RS Bopara    0* (2b)      CH Gayle    2-1-4-1
AN Cook    33* (60b 6x4)      LS Baker    5-0-25-0

Benn into the attack now. Spin at both ends, 20 minutes until lunch, and Benn will be over the wicket to the left-handed Cook

21.1

Benn to Cook, no run, Cook leaves this full delivery alone

21.2

Benn to Cook, no run, onto the front foot, squirted out to gully

21.3

Benn to Cook, no run, flicked on the front foot to the leg side

21.4

Benn to Cook, no run, a little too full, really. Cook's happily defending and smothering

21.5

Benn to Cook, no run, a big stride to a wider ball which Cook flays to cover

21.6

Benn to Cook, 1 run, worked to mid-on for a stolen single

End of over 22 (1 run) England 70/1
AN Cook    34* (66b 6x4)      SJ Benn    1-0-1-0
RS Bopara    0* (2b)      CH Gayle    2-1-4-1

22.1

Gayle to Cook, no run, leans forward to defend

22.2

Gayle to Cook, 1 run, tickled through short-leg's legs for a single

Gayle to Bopara

22.3

Gayle to Bopara, no run, outside off. Bopara blocks

22.4

Gayle to Bopara, no run, elegantly, crisply blocked off the back foot to cover

22.5

Gayle to Bopara, 1 run, short, wide and cut out to extra cover and a misfield allows Bopara to get off the back

22.6

Gayle to Cook, no run, lunges forward to defend

End of over 23 (2 runs) England 72/1
AN Cook    35* (69b 6x4)      CH Gayle    3-1-6-1
RS Bopara    1* (5b)      SJ Benn    1-0-1-0

23.1

Benn to Bopara, no run, flighted on the middle stump and flicked back to the bowler, who nearly gets into a tussle with Cook. In fact, Benn glares at him aggressively, and Cook responds with his own brand of glaring, before the pair say cheerio and carry on playing cricket

23.2

Benn to Bopara, no run, blocked off the back foot

23.3

Benn to Bopara, no run, tossed up on middle-and-leg, worked for a single

23.4

Benn to Bopara, no run, there's Benn's quicker ball, but Bopara's up to the challenge and timing this to extra cover. Timing it too well, in fact

23.5

Benn to Bopara, no run, flighted on middle, Bopara digs it out to mid-off

23.6

Benn to Bopara, no run, Bopara comes forward to defend

End of over 24 (maiden) England 72/1
RS Bopara    1* (11b)      SJ Benn    2-1-1-0
AN Cook    35* (69b 6x4)      CH Gayle    3-1-6-1

24.1

Gayle to Cook, no run, lunges forward to meet this good-length delivery which is blocked

24.2

Gayle to Cook, no run, "oh catch it!" is the optimistic cry by Ramdin to a flick short of short-leg

24.3

Gayle to Cook, no run, flicked to mid-on this time. Quicker ball

24.4

Gayle to Cook, no run, leg-side line this time and he clamps down on it

24.5

Gayle to Cook, no run, forward, blocking

24.6

Gayle to Cook, no run, edged and dropped! Was it? Beautiful ball by Gayle, luring Cook forward and it took a thick edge just short of first slip. Lovely delivery

End of over 25 (maiden) England 72/1
AN Cook    35* (75b 6x4)      CH Gayle    4-2-6-1
RS Bopara    1* (11b)      SJ Benn    2-1-1-0

25.1

Benn to Bopara, no run, blocked on the front foot

25.2

Benn to Bopara, no run, flighted on the off stump and defended

25.3

Benn to Bopara, no run, back onto his stumps and defending

25.4

Benn to Bopara, no run, down the leg side

25.5

Benn to Bopara, no run, punched to mid-off off the back foot

25.6

Benn to Bopara, no run

End of over 26 (maiden) England 72/1
RS Bopara    1* (17b)      SJ Benn    3-2-1-0
AN Cook    35* (75b 6x4)      CH Gayle    4-2-6-1

26.1

Gayle to Cook, no run, driven to cover

26.2

Gayle to Cook, no run, tossed up, Cook leans out to it, groping

26.3

Gayle to Cook, 1 run, flicked to mid-on and they've taken a dangerous-looking single, but mid-on's throw is really rubbish

26.4

Gayle to Bopara, 1 run, nurdled to leg

Seven minutes until lunch

26.5

Gayle to Cook, no run, poked to leg

26.6

Gayle to Cook, no run, lunges forward to defend

End of over 27 (2 runs) England 74/1
AN Cook    36* (80b 6x4)      CH Gayle    5-2-8-1
RS Bopara    2* (18b)      SJ Benn    3-2-1-0

It's never too early to talk about the Ashes. So let's do just that. "I think everybody in England is going to be in for a very big surprise when Mitchell Johnson bowls in the Ashes," writes Vic. "He broke Smith's finger twice and hit Kallis on the chin in SA. He's very quick. He also swings it into the right hander from left-arm over." All valid points. I personally think Johnson will have many of England's top six for breakfast.

27.1

Benn to Bopara, no run, tickled to leg

27.2

Benn to Bopara, no run, guided out to cover-point

27.3

Benn to Bopara, no run, defended

27.4

Benn to Bopara, no run, holds this one back a touch but Bopara is patient in defence

27.5

Benn to Bopara, no run, left alone outside off

27.6

Benn to Bopara, no run, comes forward to defend

End of over 28 (maiden) England 74/1
RS Bopara    2* (24b)      SJ Benn    4-3-1-0
AN Cook    36* (80b 6x4)      CH Gayle    5-2-8-1

Five minutes until lunch. Enough time for five Gayle overs, then

28.1

Gayle to Cook, 2 runs, neatly played, pushing it off the back foot and not looking to hit the ball too hard

28.2

Gayle to Cook, 1 run, worked through midwicket

28.3

Gayle to Bopara, 1 run, flicked on-the-walk to long-on

28.4

Gayle to Cook, no run, smothered

28.5

Gayle to Cook, no run, worked to fine leg

28.6

Gayle to Cook, no run, and it's blocked to end another frighteningly-quick over

End of over 29 (4 runs) England 78/1
AN Cook    39* (85b 6x4)      CH Gayle    6-2-12-1
RS Bopara    3* (25b)      SJ Benn    4-3-1-0

29.1

Benn to Bopara, no run, Bopara's back in line and defending

29.2

Benn to Bopara, FOUR, beautifully dealt with. That's quite a shot. Short and wide, admittedly, but he really made sure he was on top of the bounce, skipping back to leg to give him room before hammering it off the back foot

29.3

Benn to Bopara, 2 runs, close! Damn close to losing his wicket. Faster ball which Bopara jabbed down on, the ball bouncing nervously over his stumps

29.4

Benn to Bopara, no run, blocked

29.5

Benn to Bopara, no run, orthodoxly driven to mid-off

29.6

Benn to Bopara, 1 no ball, arm ball outside off, but a no-ball

29.6

Benn to Bopara, no run, and it's defended on the front foot

Good performance by England. Just the one wicket, Strauss, but otherwise England have skipped merrily without much alarm. The pitch is a little on the slow side, hence the slightly treacle-like run-rate, but England have set themselves up nicely for the afternoon session. On that note, join us in exactly 38.5 minutes for the resumption.

End of over 30 (7 runs) England 85/1
RS Bopara    9* (32b 1x4)      SJ Benn    5-3-8-0
AN Cook    39* (85b 6x4)      CH Gayle    6-2-12-1

Welcome back. Miller here for the second session, which is just about to get underway. While you're waiting, The Times' Patrick Kidd has replaced his dunce's cap for a statistically geeky wide-brim number, and reminds tells us the next Englishman to make a hundred will be the 750th ton in an England shirt. Outstanding geekery there.

Now here's a man who can not been accused of geekery too often. It's Chris Gayle

30.1

Gayle to Cook, no run, plopped onto a length, and smothered

30.2

Gayle to Cook, no run, short, and leaping outside off, cut to point

30.3

Gayle to Cook, 1 run, turned into the leg-side

30.4

Gayle to Bopara, no run, driven into the covers, thoughts of a single but no way through

30.5

Gayle to Bopara, no run, infinitesmal turn, but enough to keep Bopara honest

30.6

Gayle to Bopara, no run, tapped back down the track off the back foot

I can't think of a regular international bowler who is harder to write about than Gayle. God knows what he must be like to face. He's just there but barely hittable

End of over 31 (1 run) England 86/1
RS Bopara    9* (35b 1x4)      CH Gayle    7-2-13-1
AN Cook    40* (88b 6x4)      SJ Benn    5-3-8-0

31.1

Benn to Cook, no run, on a length and defended

31.2

Benn to Cook, 1 run, worked round the corner, Chanderpaul swoops and shies from square leg

31.3

Benn to Bopara, no run, forward and defended

31.4

Benn to Bopara, 2 runs, whisked into the covers off the back foot, and Chanderpaul pounces superbly with a full-length dive

31.5

Benn to Bopara, 2 runs, works the gap again as runs begin to flow immediately after lunch

31.6

Benn to Bopara, no run, driven hard again, but straight to the fielder

End of over 32 (5 runs) England 91/1
RS Bopara    13* (39b 1x4)      SJ Benn    6-3-13-0
AN Cook    41* (90b 6x4)      CH Gayle    7-2-13-1

32.1

Gayle to Cook, no run, worked off the pads, and out to square leg

32.2

Gayle to Cook, 1 run, rotates the strike with a deflection into space

32.3

Gayle to Bopara, no run, hustled defence

32.4

Gayle to Bopara, no run, outside off and climbing across the bows

32.5

Gayle to Bopara, no run, no stroke this time

32.6

Gayle to Bopara, FOUR, cut hard, down and into the covers, and Baker fumbles badly

End of over 33 (5 runs) England 96/1
RS Bopara    17* (43b 2x4)      CH Gayle    8-2-18-1
AN Cook    42* (92b 6x4)      SJ Benn    6-3-13-0

33.1

Benn to Cook, 1 run, turned square off a good length

33.2

Benn to Bopara, 2 runs, much fuller length, and squirted off the toe of the bat behind square for a couple

33.3

Benn to Bopara, no run, looped into the blockhole, nice flight in that one, which is good to see

33.4

Benn to Bopara, no run, solidly forward and defended again

33.5

Benn to Bopara, no run, right on the mark, Bopara props forward to defend

33.6

Benn to Bopara, no run, an attempted drive, but not quite timed

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End of over 34 (3 runs) England 99/1
RS Bopara    19* (48b 2x4)      SJ Benn    7-3-16-0
AN Cook    43* (93b 6x4)      CH Gayle    8-2-18-1

34.1

Edwards to Cook, no run, outside off, no stroke offered

34.2

Edwards to Cook, no run, forward and defended once again. No pace in the pitch, no swing in the air. It's Barbados for a colder climate

34.3

Edwards to Cook, no run, firmly driven off the front foot but straight to mid-off

34.4

Edwards to Cook, 3 runs, fuller and straighter, and that's sweetly timed out to midwicket, but Lionel Baker is seriously committed in the outfield to save the single

34.5

Edwards to Bopara, FOUR, forward, and that's just leant on by Bopara. A beautiful shot, straight back down the ground

34.6

Edwards to Bopara, no run, attacking line and length, but comfortably blocked with a big stride

End of over 35 (7 runs) England 106/1
RS Bopara    23* (50b 3x4)      FH Edwards    6-0-20-0
AN Cook    46* (97b 6x4)      SJ Benn    7-3-16-0

35.1

Benn to Cook, no run, worked onto the leg-side

35.2

Benn to Cook, no run, extra reinforcement on the leg side now

35.3

Benn to Cook, 1 run, driven hard, and Simmons at mid-off cops an awkward bounce

35.4

Benn to Bopara, no run, a modicum of turn this time, and played off the back foot

35.5

Benn to Bopara, no run, forward with great determination, and blocked

35.6

Benn to Bopara, no run, outside off, and played into the covers

End of over 36 (1 run) England 107/1
RS Bopara    23* (53b 3x4)      SJ Benn    8-3-17-0
AN Cook    47* (100b 6x4)      FH Edwards    6-0-20-0

36.1

Edwards to Cook, no run, outside off and Cook jabs with flat feet as the ball passes harmlessly by

36.2

Edwards to Cook, no run, outside off, and a bit more width, but point tidies up

36.3

Edwards to Cook, no run, not quite timed this time, another attempted drive

36.4

Edwards to Cook, no run, forward and pushed into the covers

"Seriously committed?" says Pedant's Brother. "Tautological nonsense - commitment is absolute and requires no qualification." Rubbish. Why else would sportsmen talk of giving 110%?

36.5

Edwards to Cook, no run, still working a decent pace, but this wicket is sluggish and the swing just ain't there

36.6

Edwards to Cook, 1 run, short, and swished out to deep midwicket

End of over 37 (1 run) England 108/1
AN Cook    48* (106b 6x4)      FH Edwards    7-0-21-0
RS Bopara    23* (53b 3x4)      SJ Benn    8-3-17-0

37.1

Benn to Cook, no run, still targetting the leg-side

37.2

Benn to Cook, 3 runs, he's got this one away, and that's his half-century. Attritionally compiled, but that won't bother him. Runs is runs

37.3

Benn to Bopara, FOUR, what did that come off? Bat, apparently. This one zips fine down the leg-side, and all the way to the rope

37.4

Benn to Bopara, no run, fully forward and smothering the spin, head right over the ball

37.5

Benn to Bopara, 1 run, on the legs, clipped firmly to backward square leg

37.6

Benn to Cook, no run, tidy work from Benn, but England are in command right now

End of over 38 (8 runs) England 116/1
AN Cook    51* (109b 6x4)      SJ Benn    9-3-25-0
RS Bopara    28* (56b 4x4)      FH Edwards    7-0-21-0

38.1

Edwards to Bopara, no run, outside off and climbs through to the keeper

38.2

Edwards to Bopara, 1 run, wristily played, flipped almost, off the pads to backward square. Not a lot for the shot, but sumptuously played all the same

38.3

Edwards to Cook, 3 runs, driven with an open face, not quite timed as the ball pulls up just inside the rope, but runs are flowing now

38.4

Edwards to Bopara, no run, wider on the crease and clipped into the leg-side, picked up at midwicket

38.5

Edwards to Bopara, 1 run, forward and driven hard into the covers

Michael Varoe-Cocks keeps emailing in, so I'm beginning to believe that really is his name: "I just checked the Durham CCC website: did anyone with any intelligence actually think people would pay £68 to watch a match in the cold far north-east in early May? And that's without the complete scandal of awarding Test matches to non-Test grounds with no tradition such as Cardiff or Chester le Street just because of some cosy commercial deal. What next - a Donald Trump-sponsored Test in March in Aberdeen? The crowds at this Test match are poor because no-one wants to go there and anyway it is ridiculously expensive! It's obvious to most of us." Very pertinent observation from a splendidly named fellow, though the Durham faithful might object at a few points. They are county champions after all, so there are clearly not good-for-nothing. Now Cardiff on the other hand ...

38.6

Edwards to Cook, no run, outside off

End of over 39 (5 runs) England 121/1
AN Cook    54* (111b 6x4)      FH Edwards    8-0-26-0
RS Bopara    30* (60b 4x4)      SJ Benn    9-3-25-0

39.1

Benn to Bopara, no run

39.2

Benn to Bopara, no run, hurried into a defensive push off the back foot. Well watched though

39.3

Benn to Bopara, no run, forward this time, head right over the ball

39.4

Benn to Bopara, no run, defended once again

39.5

Benn to Bopara, no run, a big stride and a push into the off side

39.6

Benn to Bopara, no run, that's a good ball, really ripping off the deck, and tight to off stump. Bopara is so watchful though

""Attritionally compiled". Also nonesense," says Pedant No. 3. "The word attrition refers to loss, analageous to de-compilation in this case. A complete oxymoron." Oh shush. And learn to spell

End of over 40 (maiden) England 121/1
RS Bopara    30* (66b 4x4)      SJ Benn    10-4-25-0
AN Cook    54* (111b 6x4)      FH Edwards    8-0-26-0

40.1

Edwards to Cook, 2 runs, worked off the legs, and that's worth a couple

40.2

Edwards to Cook, no run, it's looking like one of those days for Edwards right now.

40.3

Edwards to Cook, no run, outside off, and no stroke once again

"The good thing about Pedant's is that they rarely reproduce and all of the fionally go to hell:-)" says Mark Lucas, who is clearly the antithesis of a pedant. Suggestions?

40.4

Edwards to Cook, no run, outside off, and flat, flat, flat

40.5

Edwards to Cook, 1 run, clipped to midwicket, and Edwards pulls up a bit abruptly ... he seems okay

40.6

Edwards to Bopara, no run, a lovely straight drive, but too lovely. The non-striker's off stump saves four

"If (as Pedant's Brother seems to be suggesting) anything that's tautological is nonsense, then surely the phrase "tautological nonsense" is itself tautological nonsense?" says David Franklin. Like Chris Gayle and his can of worms, did I really open this debate?

End of over 41 (3 runs) England 124/1
RS Bopara    30* (67b 4x4)      FH Edwards    9-0-29-0
AN Cook    57* (116b 6x4)      SJ Benn    10-4-25-0

41.1

Benn to Cook, no run, still eyeing up the leg-side, but not this time

41.2

Benn to Cook, 1 run, into the gap he goes, and one more to the tally

41.3

Benn to Bopara, no run, forward and defended

41.4

Benn to Bopara, no run, outside off and left alone with a flourish

41.5

Benn to Bopara, no run, forward and blocked

41.6

Benn to Bopara, no run, another over ticks by. And England are ticking indeed

Here we go. "How dare the ridiculously named fella say the cold north east," says Aaron Armstrong. "The weather is very good for this time of the year. Short sleeve's time for us north-easterners.. Maybe its up here not for the weather but for our friendly hosting capabilities and lovely setting of what is a modern up to date cricket ground. I must admit the price is steep."

End of over 42 (1 run) England 125/1
RS Bopara    30* (71b 4x4)      SJ Benn    11-4-26-0
AN Cook    58* (118b 6x4)      FH Edwards    9-0-29-0

42.1

Baker to Cook, no run, shoulders arms and no stroke this time

42.2

Baker to Cook, 1 run, driven into the covers, and finds the gap

42.3

Baker to Bopara, no run, clipped off the pads, but that was ever so slightly loose, and Chanderpaul at midwicket was just half a yard too deep. So nearly a chance

42.4

Baker to Bopara, 1 run, good play from Bopara, after the scare a quick single to escape the strike and recompose himself

"If the Ashes were between the Windies and Australia, do you think Gayle would care more about Test cricket," says Moshe Sulzbacher. "i.e do you think Gayle doesn't care about Test cricket because the windies are not really involved in high profiled series?" Good point, and yes, I do

42.5

Baker to Cook, 1 wide, down the leg-side

42.5

Baker to Cook, no run, tighter this time

42.6

Baker to Cook, no run, width, and clobbered into the covers, but all along the ground and straight to the fielder

End of over 43 (3 runs) England 128/1
AN Cook    59* (122b 6x4)      LS Baker    6-0-28-0
RS Bopara    31* (73b 4x4)      SJ Benn    11-4-26-0

43.1

Benn to Bopara, no run, forward and defended into the covers

43.2

Benn to Bopara, no run, a little bit of drift back into the batsman. Good rhythmic stuff

43.3

Benn to Bopara, no run, tight lines once again

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43.4

Benn to Bopara, no run, defended with a stride outside off stump

43.5

Benn to Bopara, 1 run, a scurried single as the shy comes in

43.6

Benn to Cook, no run, full length, and dug out from deep in the crease

End of over 44 (1 run) England 129/1
AN Cook    59* (123b 6x4)      SJ Benn    12-4-27-0
RS Bopara    32* (78b 4x4)      LS Baker    6-0-28-0

44.1

Baker to Bopara, no run, short and climbing off a good length outside off. A hint of encouragement there

"Other oxymorons for young Pedant No. 3's collection," says Mike Collier. "Friendly fire', 'CIVIL war', 'Government Intelligence' and 'Harmison wicket maiden'" Very droll

44.2

Baker to Bopara, 2 runs, down the leg-side, and clipped coolly to square leg

44.3

Baker to Bopara, no run, no pace off the wicket at all, but at least it was straight

44.4

Baker to Bopara, no run, defended on off stump once again

44.5

Baker to Bopara, 1 run, on the pads and clipped firmly to square leg

44.6

Baker to Cook, no run, a little bit of something in that delivery, nip back into the left-hander from round the wicket. Hardly an appeal but at least the batsman was caught unawares

End of over 45 (3 runs) England 132/1
AN Cook    59* (124b 6x4)      LS Baker    7-0-31-0
RS Bopara    35* (83b 4x4)      SJ Benn    12-4-27-0

45.1

Benn to Bopara, no run, outside off, left alone

45.2

Benn to Bopara, no run, tighter to the stumps, but no stroke this time either

45.3

Benn to Bopara, 4 byes, down the leg-side and that beats everyone. The keeper was yorked, and Bopara couldn't reach it

"Apart from being about 20 degrees cooler, it's just like being back in the Caribbean. Small crowds, slow pitch, steady scoring" says Gnasher, who is still a faint tinge of lobster even two months on from his trip

45.4

Benn to Bopara, no run, on the money again

45.5

Benn to Bopara, no run, tidy and restrictive

45.6

Benn to Bopara, no run, drifting down the leg-side

End of over 46 (4 runs, maiden) England 136/1
RS Bopara    35* (89b 4x4)      SJ Benn    13-5-27-0
AN Cook    59* (124b 6x4)      LS Baker    7-0-31-0

46.1

Baker to Cook, 1 run, clipped into space on the leg-side

46.2

Baker to Bopara, no run, on the pads and flicked towards midwicket

46.3

Baker to Bopara, 1 leg bye, tip-and-run. On the hip, dropped into the crease, and an easy single

46.4

Baker to Cook, 1 run, worked away with ease, up onto the toes and flapped to midwicket.

To call this scattergun bowling would be unfair, but no two balls have been in the same place

46.5

Baker to Bopara, no run, that's the line and length, outside off, and through to the keeper

46.6

Baker to Bopara, no run, forward and pushed out to the covers with a trace of a leading edge

So, that is drinks and another comfortable mini-session for England. Over to Will Luke who is utterly gagging for it

End of over 47 (3 runs) England 139/1
RS Bopara    35* (93b 4x4)      LS Baker    8-0-33-0
AN Cook    61* (126b 6x4)      SJ Benn    13-5-27-0

This is gripping. Hello all. Around the wicket for Benn

47.1

Benn to Cook, no run, angled across wide of Cook

47.2

Benn to Cook, no run, pushed back to the bowler

47.3

Benn to Cook, no run, padded away

47.4

Benn to Cook, no run, again too wide, again padded away

47.5

Benn to Cook, no run, smothered on the front foot

47.6

Benn to Cook, no run, angled to gully of the back foot

End of over 48 (maiden) England 139/1
AN Cook    61* (132b 6x4)      SJ Benn    14-6-27-0
RS Bopara    35* (93b 4x4)      LS Baker    8-0-33-0

48.1

Baker to Bopara, no run, turns his wrists to midwicket

48.2

Baker to Bopara, FOUR, short and pulled over midwicket. Good, aggressive shot

48.3

Baker to Bopara, FOUR, comes forward, pushing at it fishily, and edges it wide of the first slip for four. Intentionally edged. Is that a contradiction in terms? Probably

48.4

Baker to Bopara, no run, better line which is defended

48.5

Baker to Bopara, no run, an orthodox forward defensive

48.6

Baker to Bopara, no run, again forward onto the front foot and blocked out firmly

End of over 49 (8 runs) England 147/1
RS Bopara    43* (99b 6x4)      LS Baker    9-0-41-0
AN Cook    61* (132b 6x4)      SJ Benn    14-6-27-0

49.1

Benn to Cook, 1 run, flighted just outside the off stump and flicked to leg for a quick single

49.2

Benn to Bopara, 1 run, down the leg side and he tucks it down to fine leg for an easy single. Bopara wants two. Cook does not

49.3

Benn to Cook, no run, outside off and Cook whips to midwicket

49.4

Benn to Cook, 1 run, very neatly clipped off his toes to fine leg

England's 150 is up

49.5

Benn to Bopara, no run, a loopy, drifty ball outside off to which Bopara pokes

49.6

Benn to Bopara, no run, defended on the back foot

End of over 50 (3 runs) England 150/1
RS Bopara    44* (102b 6x4)      SJ Benn    15-6-30-0
AN Cook    63* (135b 6x4)      LS Baker    9-0-41-0
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150
Series Results
England v West Indies at Chester-le-Street - May 14-18, 2009
England won by an innings and 83 runs
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England won by 10 wickets
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May 18, 2009

Man of the Series Ravi Bopara poses with the trophy after England's 2-0 win, England v West Indies, 2nd Test, Chester-le-Street, 5th day, May 18, 2009

Man of the Series Ravi Bopara poses with the trophy after England's 2-0 win

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May 18, 2009

The champagne starts to flow as England regain the Wisden Trophy, England v West Indies, 2nd Test, Chester-le-Street, 5th day, May 18, 2009

The champagne starts to flow as England regain the Wisden Trophy

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